Water Quality Division

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Public Notices or Public Comment Opportunities

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The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) has received a request from Biota Research and Consulting, Inc. on behalf of Teton County for State certification of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit #14, for discharge of dredged or fill material in a pond and wetlands adjacent to the Snake River for construction of the Path 22 pedestrian pathway on the north side of U.S. Highway 22 near Wilson, Wyoming. The pond and wetlands adjacent to the Snake River are designated Class 1. Point source discharges to Class 1 waters are prohibited except for storm water and construction related discharges. This certification will require meeting the provisions in Chapter 1, Section 7(b) of the WDEQ Water Quality Rules and Regulations, which allows these discharges under certain circumstances.

The proposed pathway would extend approximately 2,500 feet from Iron Rock Road east of the Snake River to Stilson Ranch Road west of the river. The pathway would cross a pond and adjacent wetlands near the Highway 390 intersection affecting 0.15 acre within the pond and 0.14 acre of wetland with a net loss of 0.11 acre of wetland. Compensatory mitigation would be accomplished by establishment of at least 0.21 acre of wetland at an existing pond in Rendezvous ‘R’ Park.

Requests for information about the proposed water quality certification should be directed to Eric Hargett by email (eric.hargett@wyo.gov) or phone (307-777-6701). Comments must be addressed to Eric Hargett, Wyoming DEQ/WQD, Herschler Building, 122 W. 25th Street, Cheyenne, WY, 82002, and be postmarked on or before 5:00 p.m. on September 23, 2014 to be considered. Phone or email comments will not be accepted.

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The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Water Quality Division has received a request from ONEOK Bakken Pipeline, LLC, for an extension to the existing temporary increase of turbidity in the North Platte River (Section 9, T33N, R72W), La Prele Creek (Section 15. T33N, R72W), and a wetland area (Sections 8 and 9, T33N, R72W) in Converse County. Activities occurring in these waters and wetlands are normally limited to a ten nephelometric turbidity unit (NTU) increase over background. Approval of this request would allow for an exceedance of this limit for up to 15 additional days subject to monitoring and reporting. This activity will follow the procedures of Chapter 1, Section 23(c)(ii) of the Wyoming DEQ Water Quality Rules and Regulations, which allow for temporary elevated levels of turbidity in certain circumstances. The purpose of the project is to construct approximately 28 miles of 12 inch diameter pipeline. The Town of Douglas, responsible for the public water supply intake downstream of this project, has been notified.

Requests for related information and documents about the proposed temporary turbidity increase should be directed to Cathy Norris by email (cathy.norris@wyo.gov) or phone (307-777-6372). Comments must be addressed to Cathy Norris, Wyoming DEQ/WQD, Herschler Building, 122 W. 25th Street, Cheyenne, WY, 82002, and postmarked before 5:00 p.m. on September 23, 2014 (or faxed to 307-777-5973) to be considered. Phone or email comments will not be accepted.

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The Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum (Forum) is currently accepting comments on the 2014 Review, Water Quality Standard for Salinity, Colorado River System. As a participating member of the Forum, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality will be accepting comments from Wyoming residents until 5:00 PM September 15, 2014. Comments should be addressed to Lindsay Patterson, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, 122 West 25th Street, Herschler Building-4W, Cheyenne, WY 82002 or faxed to 307-777-5973. Emailed comments will not be accepted. Questions or requests for further information may be directed to Lindsay Patterson at 307-777-7079. Below are links to the Public Notice and the 2014 Triennial Review documents.

Public Notice                      2014 Triennial Review

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The Nonpoint Source Program of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Division is pleased to announce that it is now accepting proposals for projects to be awarded under Sections 319 and 205(j) of the Clean Water Act.  Essential information on deadlines, program requirements, how to take advantage of the pre-submittal review process, proposal guidelines, downloadable copies of required forms, and contact information are available on the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Nonpoint Source Program Grants Website: http://deq.state.wy.us/wqd/watershed/nps/Grants/Grants.htm.    Additional information can also be obtained by contacting Jennifer Zygmunt, Nonpoint Source Program and Grants Coordinator at (307) 777-6080 or jennifer.zygmunt@wyo.gov .  Please click here for a full copy of the public notice.

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Water Quality Division General Permit Authorizations

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WYPDES PROPOSED  Discharge Permit Public Notices

Applications and Draft Permits associated with the Public Notice will be posted within five (5) business days of Public Notice Publication.

January 17, 2014

Comment due date February 18, 2014
February 14, 2014

Comment due date
March 17, 2014
February 25, 2014

Comment due date March 26, 2014
March 17, 2014

Comment due date
 April 17, 2014
April 16, 2014

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 May 16, 2014
May 16, 2014

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June 16, 2014
June 16, 2014

Comment due date
July 18, 2014
July 18, 2014

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August 18, 2014
August 15, 2014

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September 15, 2014
     
       
       
       
     

 

Past Public notices may be viewed on the
Public Notice Archive Page

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UIC (Underground Injection Control) Injection Well Permits

Draft Permit - UIC # 14-237 Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to renew Uranium One Americas, Inc.'s existing permit for authorization to inject into two (2) injection wells which have not yet been built. The injection wells will dispose of wastes generated during the insitu mining of uranium. The applicant proposes to inject non-hazardous industrial wastes at a total maximum injection rate of 6,180 barrels per day for all wells into the Teckla, Teapost and Parkman Sandstones. Groundwater within the injection formations is classified as Class VI according to Wyoming Water Quality Rules and Regulations, Chapter 8. This classification is made because of the following criteria: the depth of these formations is such that production of water from these formations is not economically of technically practical ((WQRR Chapter 8. Section 4(d)(ix)(C); the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) concentrations in these formations are greater than 7,4000 mg/L and may  exceed 18,000 mg/L (WQRR Chapter 8. Section 4(d)(ix)(A); and these formations are associated with hydrocarbons therefore, the water within them is likely to contain high levels of dissolved hydrocarbons (WQRR Chapter8.Section 4(d)(ix)(B). The permittee Uranium One Americas, Inc., 907 N. Poplar St., Suite 260, Casper, WY 82601. The Irigaray Ranch Disposal Well Field is located in the Sections 8 and 9, Township 45 North, Range 77 West of the Sixth Principal Meridian, Johnson County, WY. The public is invited to comment on this draft permit until September 23rd, 2014.

Public Notice    Draft Permit

  Supplemental Information 

Linc Energy, Inc. Public Hearing Information

Response to Public Comments            Submittal to US EPA (Includes Comments Received)

UIC Intent to terminate UIC Permits

Patriot Energy Resources LLC(Patriot) operates two active facilities (listed below), permitted by the Wyoming Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program under UIC permit numbers10-498 (Mod 2) and 11-207. These facilities inject wastewater & other constituents into subsurface formations through authorization under individual permits issued by the UIC program. These permits & authorizations require periodic groundwater & injectate monitoring for the various constituents, &  periodic reporting of the results to the UIC Program. The permits also require periodic testing to ensure the injection wells maintain mechanical integrity, and reporting of these results to the UIC Program. This notice informs the public of the WDEQ's intent to terminate the permits listed below for Patriot's failure to meet the monitoring & reporting conditions in their permits & the DEQ's intent to require reclamation

Notice of Intent to Terminate Permits

"UIC FINAL PERMIT" # 13-485 Prairie Wind Elementary School's Septic System (Class V Injection Well)

Response to Comments-13-485   

Final Permit--13-485

Draft Permit # 09-670 Dyno Nobel Inc. is proposing to renew their existing permit for authorization to inject into four injection wells, three of which already exist and a fourth which was previously permitted but has not yet been built. The injection wells will continue the disposal of wastes generated during the manufacture of nitrogen-based fertilizers (ammonium nitrate, urea, and anhydrous ammonia), carbon dioxide, and dry ice, and a second waste stream consisting of surface and groundwater remediation wastes. The applicant proposes to inject non-hazardous industrial wastes at a total maximum injection rate of 42,857 barrels per day for all wells into the Hygiene Sandstone member of the Pierre Shale Formation. Groundwater within the injection formations is classified as Class VI according to Wyoming Water Quality Rules and Regulations, Chapter 8. This classification is made because of the following criteria: the groundwater in the receiving aquifer contains contaminates from previous authorized injections from DW # 1, DW # 2, and DW # 3, and naturally contains oil and gas. This groundwater cannot be reasonably expected to provide sources of drinking water at this location. Further, the groundwater in the receiving aquifer is situated at such depths and locations that recovery and treatment for drinking water purposes is technologically and economically impractical. The permit applicant is Mr. Douglas E. Chandler, 83056 Otto Road, Cheyenne, WY 82003. DW # 1 is located in the SW1/4,NW1/4, Section 16; DW # 2 is located in the NE1/4, SE1/4, Section 17, DW # 3 is located in the NW 1/4,SE1/4, Section 17, and DW # 4 is proposed for location in the NW1/4,SE1/4 Section 17, Township 13 North, Range 67 West of the Sixth Principal Meridian, Laramie County, WY. The public is invited to comment on this draft permit until July 10th, 2014.

Public Notice       Draft Permit Supplemental Info

 

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                                              Last Update:  September 9, 2014